#InternationalWomensDay | because feminism is common sense


"I feel like feminism should
be called something else like
common sense or something."


"Feminism isn't about making
women stronger. Women are
already strong. It's about changing
the way the world percieves
that strength."
- G.D Anderson

It's March 8, which means it's International Women's Day. A day to commemorate the movement for women's rights. It's not affiliated with any one group, but brings together governments, women's organisations, corporations and charities. Every day is men's day, but today is dedicated to appreciating who women are. All races. All cultures. All sizes. Entrepreneurs, leaders, athletes, engineers, mothers. Even to the young girls right now that will one day have to fight the same modern day struggle in this society. Today, we take action for the advancement of women's rights.

" I shall never do a man's
work for less than a man's pay."
- Clara Barton


"I believe the rights of women
and girls is the the unfinished
business of the 21st Century."
- Hillary Clinton

I want to stress the fact that being a feminist isn't about hating men. It's about wanting to be equal to men. Equal pay, equal opportunities, equal respect, equal support. Men shouldn't respect women just because they're somebody's mother, daughter or sister. Men should respect women because we're people. I'm confused as to why people wouldn't want women to have equal rights. It's not cake. Equal rights for women doesn't mean men have less rights. You don't have to be a woman to be a feminist. If you stand for equal rights, then you are a feminist. And that's great. It's not a dirty word. 

"Why do people say 'Grow some
balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive.
If you want to be tough, grow a vagina.
Those things can take a pounding."
- Betty White


"I'd like every man who doesn't
call himself a feminist to explain to
the woman in his life why he doesn't
believe in equality for women."
- Louise Brealey

We get whistled at like we're dogs. We're automatically labelled promiscuous if we show 'too much' skin. Well let me make this clear, their ignorance is more scandalous than our promiscuity. A woman should NOT have to be modest to be respected. Women are not on this earth to be quiet and look pretty. We are not going to sit idly by whilst we're being dehumanised by society. We have shit to say and we're going to say it. We're not going to apologise for fighting to receive the respect we should have been given in the first place. Feminism is the radical idea that women's safety is more important than men's feelings. So we don't want rape whistles, we want change. What men fear most about going to prison is what women fear the most walking down the street. Our bodies are not public property. They never have been, and they never will be.

"For I conclude that the enemy is not
lipstick, but guilt itself; we deserve
lipstick, if we want it, AND free
speech; we deserve to be sexual AND
serious - or whatever we please.
We are entitled to wear cowboy boots
to our own revolution."
- Naomi Wolf


"Asking women to respect themselves in
order to 'earn' the right to be treated like a
human being is total horseshit.
But suggesting that you have the right to
treat her exactly as you please because she
didn't adhere to your archaic views of
feminine propriety is misogyny,
plain and simple."
- Clementine Ford

Do you want your daughters and your granddaughters to have a future where they are treated as equals? Or do you want them to still be living in the shadows of a male-dominated world? When little girls are being bossy, don't scold them as if they're doing something wrong, tell them that they have leadership skills. 100 years ago the Suffragettes fought to give some women the right to vote. They carved the path for us to have the opportunities we have today. And it's up to us to honor that path for, not only our daughters, but our sons to. We need to raise our sons to believe, support and honor equal rights for women. Men and Women standing side by side has to become the norm. It's up to us to make that a reality.

"I am no longer accepting the things I
cannot change, I am changing the
things I cannot accept."
- Angela Davis


"Each time a woman stands up for herself,
without knowing it, possibly without
claiming it, she stands up for all women."
- Maya Angelou

What we have that the Suffragettes didn't, is social media. Which means it is easier for you to help. If there is any single part of you that thinks all women deserve equal rights, then don't just sit there and think "I'm not going to make a difference, it's not like anyone cares what I have to say". We do care. This International Women's Day, tweet about it, put a picture up on Instagram, write a Facebook status. We're all fighting for the same future. Whether you reach one person or one million people, every social media post is an action. It's a step in the right direction.

Happy International Women's Day

-Han .xo

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